Country Facts

Two decades ago, Cambodia was a happy country, that enchanted visitors with its tranquil appearance, luxurious and timeless. It seemed indeed that the time had stopped in the old Khmer kingdom, the peasants continued to go to the rice fields as the Angkor era, their tools were the same, the techniques had not changed, and each evening, the women went to the river in groups happy and noisy, exactly similar to those in the twelfth century, had moved the Chinese traveler Chou Ta Kuan ... The king himself, Norodom Sihanouk, was almost double of its huge ancestor Jayavarman VII, the largest of the Angkorian kings. Deriving the happy mixture of indigenous peoples and Austro-Asiatic tribes descended from Aryan India, Khmer people reached between the ninth and the thirteenth century, the highest form of civilization throughout the Indochinese peninsula. Mastering the perfection of complex irrigation techniques, the Khmers were able to obtain up to four crops of rice per year, the total food independence is the foundation of their greatness. Carrefour cultural influences from India and China, Indochina was the cradle of civilization exceptional and fundamentally original, fully integrated it if the number of Khmer religious concepts, political, artistic, architectural or from abroad, their genius was perfectly able to have the "khmeriser", an expression and give them their own meaning through art absolutely sublime. The power of this art through the centuries and is always expressed, intact, from the great beauty of the Angkor complex, millennium witnessed the extraordinary degree of development reached by this nation of builders. The old "stone ship" went through many storms and last not least, but, like others, is now part of history and Angkor offered today as the first discoverers. Up to you now to go get lost in the endless corridors of Preah Khan, to span the enormous roots of cheese that disrupt the walls of Ta Prohm, contemplate the bas-reliefs of Bayon or observe sunset over Angkor Wat. More than ever, the site is alive, he was reborn Angkor lives an elementary welling from every pore of stone, children play around the temples, the peasants working the rice paddies, the sun heats the stone and shrines the evening, women go to the river singing, Chou Ta Kuan would be happy. But there is more than the temples, Cambodia is a country with many facets and many goals are walking on its territory virgin islands off Sihanoukville, vegging and scuba diving, highlands Ratanakiri inhabited by ethnic minorities and wild animals, full of waterfalls, lakes, mines of gold and garnets, ocher and green waters of the Mekong, the King of Rivers, which runs through Cambodia from North to South, small towns Colonial asleep in the sun, sacred hills of ancient times, innumerable villages embedded in the lush greenery of the Cambodian plain. all further embellished with smiles and hospitality of a people deeply kind.
For most tourists, Cambodia consists of Phnom Penh and Angkor Wat. Little or no thought is ever given to the possibility that Cambodia has other places of interest. Almost every guidebook warns tourists to watch out for mines, a dangerous country teeming with bloodthirsty bandits.

The reality for much of Cambodia is, to the contrary, one of a safe, peaceful country where tourists are treaty kindly and there is no danger of mines. Such a tourist is likely to find a rich and beautiful country with polite, gracious people.

On a similar note, Cambodian provincial backwaters may have nothing spectacular to offer the tourist. You will find the people in these backwaters more friendly, more open, and more honest than the big city dwellers. And don't forget the children- the Cambodian children, especially those in the provinces, like to play goofy games with you, such as making faces, or hiding around corners. Allow them to laugh at you and you have some good times with them.